Celebration of life scheduled for Wichita teen who touched the hearts of thousands

WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

Not a funeral, but a celebration of life will be held for one Wichita teen whose story touched the hearts of thousands.

Seventeen-year-old Zei Uwadia was hospitalized after her lungs collapsed without explanation but returned home on her 17th birthday.

She died just days later.

Her mom Brie Kerschen says she's so thankful for all the support she's received from the community, especially during this tough time.

"To see them all set aside things that we usually get caught up in, and, just be has been very touching,” said Kerschen. “I don't know how to thank everybody enough."

Zei's celebration will be at Kansas Newman University from 2-4 p.m. and will be open to the public.

The family has set up a go fund me to help with the costs: Guardians for Zei